Chrome freezes Windows 10 PCs: 5 fixes that really work
Google Chrome is a user favorite for a reason, holding the majority share of the browser market for a long time. With the Android platform being the most used OS in the world, it’s rather obvious why Google’s original browser gets the most attention.
Now, even though Chrome get’s better with every new update, both visually and performance-wise, it’s still the number one resource-hog of all standard third-party applications a general public relies on. One major problem is that Chrome freezes the computer, which mostly occurs due to abnormal RAM depletion.
We have a few solutions for this problem, so check them out down below. Hopefully, they’ll help you resolve the freezing issues caused by Chrome.
Here’s what to do if Chrome freezes your OS
- Clear browsing data
- Update Chrome
- Disable add-ons and scan for malware
- Reinstall Chrome
- Use an alternative until Google sorts the problem
Solution 1 – Clear browsing data
In comparison to some minor slowdowns that Chrome is prone to, this is a major issue. Even after years of optimization, Chrome still takes a lot of system resources, especially if you tend to open multiple tabs.
The first on the line is RAM, which can be depleted quickly if you have a mere minimum (2 GB is hardly enough, everything below won’t cut it). That’s just how it is with
However, since we can’t deal with the way this browser is programmed, we can at least give our best to speed it up. And, by doing so, avoid freezes of the complete system while browsing the internet. The first thing to do is to clear the browsing data, with a special focus on temporary files and cookies. These tend to slow down page loading substantially and might even cause freezes.
Here’s how to clear browsing data on Chrome:
- Open Chrome.
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete to open the “Clear browsing data” menu.
- Choose the Advanced tab.
- Under the Time range, select All time.
- Check the Cookies and other data site box.
- Click Clear data.
- READ ALSO: Fix corrupt Chrome profile in Windows 10
Solution 2 – Update Chrome
Now, this problem was a widespread plague-like atrocity on multiple occasions. Users reported Chrome freezing internally and then even affecting the overall system performance. Google dealt with this after multiple reports and updates resolved the issue for the majority of users. The problem was, seemingly, in the built-in Flash Player which crashes Chrome and occasionally invoked a system halt.
That’s it’s important to have the latest version of Google Chrome. Of course, we must stress that software fixes won’t do much good if you lack the appropriate hardware, especially RAM. The problem also might be in the HDD, so we suggest installing Chrome on an alternate partition and giving it a try.
Now, back to updates. Chrome automatically administers updates but it won’t cost you a thing to check for updates manually. Here’s where to look:
- Open Chrome.
- Click on the 3-dot menu in the top right corner and open Help > About Google Chrome.
- The version check-up should start and the browser will update if there’s an official update available.
Solution 3 – Reset browser and scan for malware
A rogue add-on can cause all kinds of issues as well. Making sure that you have only trusted add-ons installed is of the utmost importance. Some of them might even be browser hijackers, which points towards the presence of malware. That’s why we suggest scanning for malware with both antivirus and a specialized anti-PUP program.
But, first, let’s reset the browser to default values. After that, you can, by the system of elimination, determine what exact extension is causing the problem with the browser.
Here’s how to disable all extensions on Chrome:
- Open Chrome.
- Click on the 3-dot menu and open Settings.
- In the Search bar, type reset and click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults“.
- Click Reset settings.
And this is how to scan for malicious presence with both Windows Defender and Malwarebytes AdwCleaner, respectively:
- Open Windows Defender from the taskbar notification area.
- Choose Virus & threat protection.
- Choose Scan options.
- Select Windows Defender Offline Scan.
- Click Scan now.
- Your PC will restart and the scanning process will commence.
- After it starts again, download Malwarebytes AdwCleaner, here.
- Run the tool and click Scan Now.
- Wait until the tool scans your system and click Clean & Repair.
Solution 4 – Reinstall Chrome
Like with any other third-party application, reinstallation is always at the bottom of the troubleshooting list. But, besides removing the application itself, we suggest clearing all locally-stored data. Just to be sure that some kind of corruption isn’t causing the browser and OS
You can either search for the associated files on your own or use a third-party uninstaller and it will do that for you. If you decide for the latter option, make sure to check our list of best uninstallers here.
Solution 5 – Use an alternative until Google sorts the problem
Finally, until the problem is sorted out, we can only suggest trying some alternative browsers. And now more than ever you have a substantial number of Chrome alternatives. Mozilla Firefox is amazing, Opera and Edge are not that far behind in many regards, and there are some niche browsers for extra privacy or minimalistic UI and speedy browsing experience.
You can find our top list here, so make sure to give it a look. And, with that, we can call it a wrap. If you have any additional questions or suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comments section below.
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